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Wednesday, December, 9th | Time: 4:00 pm PST / 7:00 pm EST

Ostomy Myth-mas – Dispelling Ostomy Myths

The speakers

“As a patient myself, I know just how important support is. During these times, we might be missing out on those gatherings that give us so much support and encouragement. 11 Health is offering virtual support groups for patients to help the wellbeing of those with an ostomy/IBD/colorectal cancer communities. We will be offering groups with dynamic speakers that cover trending topics as well as groups for patients just to get together and talk about what they’re currently facing as a patient.”

Jessica Jay, Ostomy Patient and 11 Health Account Manager


What is Gutsy Gathering?

Gutsy Gathering is 11 Health’s Virtual Support Group for patients who are seeking support for digestive disorders.

Specifically, Gutsy Gathering supports patients who have IBD or Colorectal Cancer, currently have an ostomy, or may one day face surgery for their disease. We are patients, talking to patients.

What Happens?

During a Gutsy Gathering meeting, patients will have the opportunity to share their experiences with a group of peers, all monitored by a licensed 11 Health nurse.

Also, each Gutsy Gathering meeting will feature an expert in the field. All group leaders have resources, training, strategies and real-life experiences.

When do groups meet, and what are the technical requirements?

Gutsy Gathering meets once per month. In order to join the meeting, you must pre-register here, and have access to a computer or mobile device with internet access to launch a ZOOM meeting. (Please download ZOOM prior to the meeting, a link will be provided after you register.)

Upcoming Meeting









Support Group Rules


1. What is said in the meeting, stays in the meeting

This is the essential principle of confidentiality and must be respected by all participants.

2. Differences of opinion are OK

We are all entitled to our own point of view.

3. Use “I” language

Share from your personal experience, say “this is what helped me” or “when I was faced with this problem, I …” – don’t give advice unless asked to.

4. It’s OK not to share

People do not need to actively participate; much can be gained by just listening.

5. Its everyone’s responsibility to make the group a safe place to share

Treat each other with respect and kindness. Show compassion and respect confidentiality.

6. One person speaks at a time

Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruptions and side conversations.

7. Share the air time

Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize the group time.

8. “Headline” your comments

Say the most important part of your comment first. Try to keep your contribution brief and to the point.

9. The group leader may interrupt you

This is to keep the meeting on track.

October Sessions

Advocacy during crisis

We welcomed our Sara Skoda and Patient Coach Charlotte Rensberger to speak about advocacy during crisis!

We learned the importance of self-advocacy and what exactly it entails.

Did you know that self-advocacy is the ability to put your needs into words?

This is especially necessary during crisis, when sometimes our minds shut down due to stress or panic. Sara and Charlotte educated us on grounding techniques such as breathing and counting to help us cope with any distress we may experience during a crisis and provided us with valuable resources, such as the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) and the online resource, Nami.org.

With our last meeting of the year right around the corner on Wednesday December 9th at 7pm EST, we hope to see you to celebrate Ostomy Mythmas with us at our holiday extravaganza!

Apple Crapple 

In a shaker combine apple cider, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar with ice. Shake until well combined. Pour into cup and top with ginger beer and garnish with a few fresh cranberries for a spark of color.

Apple Crapple


  • 2 oz apple cider, chilled (1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 oz ginger beer, chilled (1/2 cup)
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish


In a shaker combine apple cider, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar with ice. Shake until well combined. Pour into cup and top with ginger beer and garnish with a few fresh cranberries for a spark of color.

Smart, just got smarter!